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Child on a bicycle struck by a car in Tolland

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TOLLAND, CT (WFSB) -

A child was rushed to the hospital via LIFESTAR to Connecticut Children's Medical Center after being hit by a car in Tolland, according to police.

The 12-year-old boy was riding his bicycle late Sunday afternoon with a friend when he got hit and suffered serious injuries.

Connecticut State Police responded to the scene and shut down the intersection of Burbank and Peter Green Rd.

Investigators on the scene told Eyewitness News focusing on their job is not easy on such an emotional night.

"This is a very emotional scene tonight especially when you got children that live in our community and emergency responders that are responding to the call recognize and know some of the parents. So it definitely hit home," said Tolland Fire Chief John Littell.

"I will probably bring some of my staff back in in the next hour to have a talk with them for stress," Littell said.

Chief Littell knows the victim's family. He's not sure if the boy was wearing a helmet but the unsettling scene made him think about his own kid and why safety can not be stressed enough.

"I tell my own son wear your bicycle helmet. If you're out at night time, try to have lights, reflective clothing, have something on that's light," Littell said.

The victim and driver have not been identified. 

The boy's friend was not injured. The driver of the vehicle is expected to be OK.

On Saturday, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car while he was riding a bicycle in Montville. His condition is unknown at this time.

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